Film Guide 2018

Section
Spotlight

The buzz starts here: our gala selections and Spotlight screenings feature a diverse range of star-studded films that will no doubt count among the year’s best.

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BEAUTIFUL BOY

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 111 min East Coast Premiere Adapted from father and son David and Nic Sheff’s best-selling memoirs, HIFF alum Felix van Groeningen (THE MISFORTUNATES, HIFF 2009 and THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, HIFF 2013) chronicles the stru …

Directed by Felix van Groeningen

BEN IS BACK

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 103 min US Premiere On Christmas Eve, the Burns family is stunned by the unexpected arrival of their son Ben (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges), returning home for the first time after entering rehab for opioid add …

Directed by Peter Hedges

CAPERNAUM

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 120 min US Premiere Scraping by on the chaotic streets of Beirut, 12-year-old Zain (Zain al Rafeea) is one of many children born into an uncertain future in the city’s slum. Living a deeply troubled home life and bra …

Directed by Nadine Labaki

EVERYBODY KNOWS “Todos Lo Saben”

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 133 min East Coast Premiere Transplanting his trademark psychological drama from his native Iran to the foothills of Spain, two-time Academy Award®-winning director Asghar Farhadi (THE PAST [HIFF 2014], THE SALESMAN [HIFF 201 …

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

GREEN BOOK

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 130 min East Coast Premiere It’s 1962 America, and impeccably stylish jazz musician Don Shirley (Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali) needs to hire a bodyguard to get him safely from venue to venue on his upcoming Southern …

Directed by Peter Farrelly

THE HAPPY PRINCE

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 105 min In the final three years of his life (1897-1900), Oscar Wilde finds himself adrift. Coming off the heels of his trial for indecency and subsequent imprisonment, Wilde lives out his last days in exil …

Directed by Rupert Everett

THE HATE U GIVE

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 129 min As a way to escape the limited options of the streets she grew up on, sixteen-year-old black teenager Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is torn between two lives: one at school amidst her predominantl …

Directed by George Tillman Jr.

A PRIVATE WAR

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 106 min East Coast Premiere In an industry defined by those willing to place themselves in the midst of tremendous danger, photojournalist Marie Colvin (Academy-Award® nominee Rosamund Pike) distinguished herself as one of th …

Directed by Matthew Heineman

THE PUBLIC

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 119 min East Coast Premiere As the day’s activities wind down and library workers Stuart (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) prepare to close for the day, a group of homeless patrons decide to stage an act of rebellion w …

Directed by Emilio Estevez

ROMA

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 135 min Inspired by the early 1970s Mexico City of his childhood, celebrated auteur Alfonso Cuarón (GRAVITY, CHILDREN OF MEN, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) returns with this semi-autobiographical look at a middle-cla …

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

TO DUST

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 90 min Shmuel (Geza Rohrig, last seen at HIFF with 2015’s SON OF SAUL), a Hasidic cantor living in upstate New York, is unable to cope with the untimely death of his wife. Struggling to find religiou …

Directed by Shawn Snyder

WIDOWS

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 128 min From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdr …

Directed by Steve McQueen

WILDLIFE

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 104 min In 1960s Montana, Jerry Brinson (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds his family at yet another crossroads when he loses his job at the local golf course. With a wildfire raging in the surrounding mountains, Jerr …

Directed by Paul Dano